Found November 20, 2012 on
The last time Dodge won the NASCAR Cup title, in 1975, Ralph Gilles was playing with Matchbox cars on his mother's living room floor.
Even then, Gilles, now the president and CEO of the SRT Brand and senior vice president of design at Chrysler Group, was a NASCAR fan.
"I used to watch NASCAR as a kid," Gilles said. "I loved it."
Considering that it had been 37 seasons since the American automaker won its last Cup title, Dodge's imminent departure from NASCAR is bittersweet -- particularly after crowning a champion as popular as Brad Keslowski and watching team owner Roger Penske's successful quest to reach the pinnacle of stock car racing.
As the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway last weekend neared, reality set in for Gilles.
"I had flashbacks the last couple of weeks (to) when I sat on the stools down in North Carolina with Roger (Penske) three years ago describing what we were going to do," Gilles said. "The plan, so to ...
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Of all the owners in the garage area, I don't think any of us can ever put into words how excited everybody in that garage area was at the end of Sunday for Roger Penske, who won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title.
Having seen him come in, believe in NASCAR, support our sport, be a former track owner, just all the commitment that the Captain has put into motorsports as a whole...
A Dodge powered car won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for the first time since 1975. Roger Penske won his first title as a car owner in NASCAR. All things would appear to great. Except Dodge is leaving NASCAR
Next season Penske’s cars will join Ford Racing. While Ford figures to give Penske as much of a chance to see one of his drivers as a champion, it was not necessarily the preferred...
Roger Penske really has done it all now.
Certainly, the racing icon is no stranger to titles and prestigious race wins. He has 15 Indianapolis 500 wins to his credit and a pair of Daytona 500 victories. He has 12 IndyCar Series titles over his storied career. He even helped orchestrate the Super Bowl when it was played in Detroit.
But for years, there's been a noticeable gap...
Veteran crew chief Greg Erwin is joining Penske Racing.
Erwin will oversee the No. 12 NASCAR Nationwide Series team and driver Sam Hornish Jr., who embarks on his second full season on that tour.
"It is an honor to be selected as the crew chief of the No. 12 Ford Mustang," Erwin said in a release. "I would like to thank Roger Penske and everyone at Penske Racing...
Dodge is preparing to say goodbye to NASCAR.
And if everything goes as expected Sunday, it will be one heck of a going-away party.
Dodge driver Brad Keselowski entered the Sprint Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a 20-point lead over five-time champion Jimmie Johnson.
Penske Racing's rising star has to finish 15th or better to clinch his first championship...
Sam Hornish’s crew chief for next season has been announced. Veteran crew chief Greg Erwin will call the shots for the No. 12 team in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Erwin recently served as a crew chief of the No. 43 car at Richard Petty Motorsports and before that had worked with Greg Biffle and the No. 16 car at Roush Fenway Racing.
Penske Racing is hoping that pairing Erwin with...
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Brad Keselowski won the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship today at Homestead-Miami Speedway, earning owner Roger Penske’s first title in NASCAR’s premier series.
For owner Penske, the wait that began before Keselowski was born (1984) finally is over. Penske Racing, which entered the NASCAR Sprint Cup races in 1972, ended the longest non-championship...